Strategic use of the internet

"Gay Girl in Damascus" needs to Man Up, says APC

MONTEVIDEO 27 June 2011 (APC for APC)

Tom MacMaster’s masquerading as blogger activist “Gay Girl in Damascus” was harmful, say APC in a statement, and endangers the right to use the internet anonymously.

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APC: "Gay Girl in Damascus" needs to Man Up

16 June 2011
MONTEVIDEO 16 June 2011 (APC) -

The recent revelation that the Syrian blogger activist “Gay Girl in Damascus” was actually “Straight American Man in Scotland” Tom MacMaster sent ripples through international media circles and left deep scars in the LGBTI community.

But why is this hoax so potentially harmful?

It comes down to identity and rights.

US leads the charge in building 'shadow internet'

The US State Department has been practically throwing money at activists and entrepreneurs in an effort to build independent internet networks for citizens of repressive regimes. This comes as part of a wider US effort to help internet users, particularly human rights activists, evade government censorship and surveillance.

Equal access to the internet can counter discrimination against women, says UN report

KUALA LUMPUR 3 June 2011 (JK for GenderIT.org)

Efforts to mitigate violence against women online can backfire explains a report presented at the UN Human Rights Council. APC covered women’s issues and the internet at the HRC in a special edition of the policy and gender bulletin GenderIT.org.

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Last week the G8, this week the UN: APC helps Access Now campaign in Geneva

2 June 2011 (Access Now)

Major international decisions are being made about the internet in the coming weeks – decisions that could affect the internet as we know it forever. This week the United Nations Human Rights Council will receive its first ever official report on freedom of expression online – and APC is helping deliver the message to the UN in Geneva.

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From Islamabad to Geneva, Feminist Tech Exchanges creates young reporter

CALGARY 1 June 2011 (LC for APCNews)

After attending APC WNSP’s Feminist Tech Exchange in Islamabad, 24 year old lawyer and activist Sana Masood attended the she never imagined it would lead her to be a young reporter for the International Committee of the Red Cross. View her new digital story Pakistan: Youth in armed violence. Photo © ICRC / Gassmann Thierry

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New manual teaches how to bypass censorship over the internet

Paris

Governments surveillance and filtration on the internet is increasing.

Be part of the online media revolution!

The International Press Institute is now taking applications for the IPI Press Contest.

The goal of the contest is to encourage the expansion of online free media in Africa, the Middle East and Europe by working with mobile, digital and open-source technology.

Study shows new media increases youth's civic engagement

The study, conducted by the Youth and Participatory Politics research network, found that contrary to commonly held beliefs those who used new media and social networking were more likely to be politically engaged.

GISWatcher reports from “the free Tunisia”

TUNIS 21 January 2011 (Khaled Koubaa for GISWatch)
Tunisian protests“For those who don't know Tunisia,” writes Khaled Koubaa, Global Information Society Watcher based in Tunis. “Tunisia is a small country but a great nation. It was the first Arab country to abolish slavery in 1848, the first Arab country to establish a constitution in 1861, the first Arab country to abolish polygamy in 1956 and legalise abortion in 1973. And now Tunisia is the first Arab country to kick out its dictator and this without the help of any foreign nation!” Read more of Khaled's report on the GISWatch website.
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